BEIRUT: Lebanese Twitter users Wednesday had some fun as they tweeted about what they would do if they became the president, with views ranging from the political to the humorous to the outright racist.
If the evidence being tweeted out of country was anything to go by, then there is no better window into finding out what the Lebanese want to happen in their country than giving them the opportunity to play president.
The Twitter trend #If_they_make_me_president went viral Wednesday afternoon, with different people using the hashtag for discrepant purposes.
“#If_they_make_me_president I would impose mandatory and free education ... our problems nowadays all come from ignorance,” said one Twitter post. “Educate your people first and see what happens.”
Similarly, other users wrote their aspirations, or what they would actually do to help the country move forward from its current stalemate.
“Electricity 24/24, water nonstop, development projects, train rails, joy and leisure, free schools and healthcare. Try me, you won’t regret it,” one tweet promised.
Another user said she would "eliminate sectarianism and dissolve the Parliament ... to let the people elect their own president and Parliament on the basis of merit.”
However, others chose to vent their anger against Lebanese politicians, both sarcastically and seriously.
“#If_they_make_me_president I would rob you. If the predecessors [did that] why [wouldn’t I]?” one said.
“I would close the Parliament ... the MPs represent themselves and the people are in a coma,” said another.
“I would impose Arabic language training on most MPs and ministers,” added one of the many tweets mocking politicians and representatives.
Others still chose to use the podium for humorous purposes, with one saying he would replace the cedar tree in the Lebanese flag with a tabbouleh platter, and others taking swipes at cultural trends.
“I would withdraw the nationality of anyone who hasn’t taken a selfie. It has become part of the Lebanese folklore.”
Some took the opportunity to air some personal issues, with one man revealing his less than satisfactory relationship with his spouse's mother.
“I wouldn’t leave any mother-in-law on Lebanese land. #together for killing mothers in law.”
Unfortunately, racism also reared its ugly head, as Lebanon's widely adopted vice saw both Syrians and Palestinians targeted by hate speech.
“I would eliminate all Palestinian camps ... Let them go to Europe and build camps there!!” one person tweeted.
Another said he would “issue a decree banning Syrian refugees from working,” expressing wrath about the unemployment rate among Lebanese youth.